A Vision of the Future: How Humanity Can Support a Local Food System

Fresh picked produce from bio-diverse, nourished soil.  Pastured chickens and ducks that wander freely within safe confines on green grasses and clover, full of grubs and bugs.  Turkeys that work together in flocks living in wooded areas for protection while plucking the ground for food liberally.  Beef from happy cows that live out their days under the sun and on top of green rolling hills.  Hogs that forage and dig.  Goats and sheep that wander through pastures grazing as they stroll.  Deer, rabbit, fox, hawks, coyote, and squirrel all live nearby letting you know wilderness is close.  This type of farm, large and small scatter through the countryside, but also immediately surround cities providing quick respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.  Within city limits, small urban farms are built into city lots providing pastured goats milk and chicken eggs.  Farms and green space are scattered into parks that flow throughout the city connecting rivers, lakes, forests, buildings and streets.  Shops and business complexes support rooftop gardens and conservatories used to grow vegetables, fruit, and herbs.  Bike lanes connect the city.  Subway and bus lines run efficiently and smoothly.  Cars are limited, but hitchhiking is encouraged because everyone feels important and cared for, there is minimal crime and theft.  A sense of community is large and far reaching, this is a united, stable, and strong country.

This united country is prosperous and giving.  The satisfaction of giving to the greater good far exceeds any feelings of delusional power that encompassed its long-ago history.  There is welfare, unemployment benefits, social security, and houses for the poor.  No one tries to cheat the system, so these welfare benefits work.  Insurance companies are now non-profits, truly working for the people rather than cheating them from money.  Pharmaceutical corporations and supplement companies are merged into one.  They do research on ways to support the body naturally to determine where chemical imbalances lie and how to support that imbalance while working with the person as a whole.  There is a return to human wisdom letting the body be the guide to health.  As sad as it is, when death is near, there is not a profound longing to hold onto an unfit life.  Rather, there is an understanding that this life is not the end, but the beginning of greater things.

Society as a whole benefits.  This seems extremely altruistic, but in a fictitious vision, why not hope for the best?  People feel supported and important.  They are intelligent, kind, and understanding.  Greed, manipulation, and fear are characteristics forgotten by the human race.  As a result, government is large, but by comparison, probably smaller than today.  Government uses its resources to maintain infrastructure, support hospitals and universities, employ police officers, firemen, military, emergency disaster workers, teachers, and farmers.  There are private companies and non-profits that are committed to environmental protection, animal welfare, food safety, and public health, but also technology to improve our world.  Technology and business is always conducted in an ethical way because this is the human condition.  The arts are considered highly prestigious and have been integrated into the schools as basic education.  Exercise and movement are also held high priority with the most fashionable people seen sweating in public.   The arts and sports thus provide ample number of jobs.  With an emphasis on movement and personal expression, people understand the connection between themselves and the food they eat.  This trickles down to providing precedence to biodynamic, sustainable farming practices and interest to continue keeping it ingrained in the culture, cities, and land.

This biodynamic, sustainable farm system that is interwoven within our cities and countryside’s is the backbone of life, so it is cared for the way life-giving properties should be.  Farmers are paid handsomely for their life supporting products and dedication to the trade.  There are farmer coalitions that sit on boards alongside city planners, logistics supervisors, and food market vendors within government that decide which private companies will conduct safety checks and food quality audits.  This board of farmers, city planners, logistic supervisors, and food purveyors work together to form a streamline system that delivers food effectively and efficiently to the people.  Fresh produce, pastured meats, dairy, eggs, and wild caught fish along with pantry stables like dried beans, nuts, seeds, and grains can all be purchased in a variety of venues.  These foods can be purchased from street markets where each store specializes in one genre of food.  Small corner markets are scattered throughout cities and towns that offer a little bit of everything.  Since farms and conservatories are intertwined even within the city, it is easy to swing by a produce and egg stand to pick up groceries for dinner.  Restaurants and small eateries play an integral part by offering prepared, wholesome meals cooked using the same biodynamic, sustainable foods found at the farms.  Schools include a farming and food preparation class that teaches kitchen skills, gardening, and farming practices.  This class is where kids spend their lunch hour preparing and sharing elaborate meals with their classmates.

This city planning food system described above would require years of evolution to complete.  It would require a massive change in world perspective.  There would have to be a major overhaul of government, private companies, corporations, and humanity.  Is this food system realistic, probably not now, but perhaps for the future?  Hope keeps people moving in an upward direction, a food model like this gives me hope.

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